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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

2015 FANTASY BASEBALL CLOSER PRIMER

Last but not least we bring you the 2015 fantasy baseball Closer Primer where I share the stoppers I will avoid and those I will target this season.

CLOSERS I WILL AVOID

Craig Kimbrel-Greg Holland-Aroldis Chapman-David Robertson-Dellin Betances-Kenley Jansen

-I will avoid all six of these guys due to their extreme draft prices as I never take a closer the first half of the draft.  In the case of Betances, the hype surrounding him is crazy after his monstrous setup campaign in 2014 so I won't bother.

Huston Street:  I like Street but there is no chance in heck he makes it through back-to-back seasons healthy like he did in 2014.  The Angels always provide a ton of save chances but again Street has been on human ulcer to own in the past due to all of his missed action.

Zach Britton:  Listen I know Britton was a tremendous in closing for a playoff-team last season as a kid but I don't trust stoppers who don't have a K rate of at least 8.00 which he doesn't have. 

Koji Ueheara:  I am willing to bet that Uehara is not the Boston Red Sox closer by the end of the season.  He was downright putrid the second half of last season as age could finally be calling.  Move on.

Jenrry Mejia:  I think Jeurys Familia leads the New York Mets in saves in 2015.

Neftali Feliz:  Had a FIP ERA of almost 5.00 last season which shows trouble is brewing. 

CLOSERS I WILL TARGET

Jonathan Papelbon:  Yup him again.  Same deal as last season as you all told me I was crazy for stumping for him.  Yes the K rate is down sharply but Paps comes off one of his best seasons ever.  The guy can still pitch.

Cody Allen:  Still not fully embraced as a top closer yet but the guy is legit in every sense of the word.  Has a crazy K Rate and youth on his side.  Upwards we go.

Joaquin Benoit:  All of a sudden the San Diego Padres look like a playoff-team and their closer continues to get better with age.  Benoit has been the rare case of a guy whose K rate has gotten better the older he gets.

Jake McGee:  Many will be scared off due to offseason surgery but McGee has made great progress and could be ready shortly after April gets underway.  The guy has stuff like Cody Allen that generates a ton of strikeouts so buy into his 2014 numbers all the way.

Drew Storen:  Yeah he was a joke in the playoffs last season but Storen has the first round pedigree and stuff to be a top tier closer on a dominant team.  Use the playoff issues to steal him outright.

 

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